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Psychology professor, Quaker and peace activist William Woodward, who like me underwent a media inquisition during the summer of 2006, is in India presenting a paper on 9/11 truth to the All India Anti-Imperialism Conference, Calcutta, India, Nov. 27-29, 2007. Below is his email to me and a draft of his presentation.
India has been experiencing its own wave of apparent false flag terror http://www.mujca.com/feroze.htm so let’s hope Bill can help wake folks up over there. I look forward to having him on the radio to discuss his experiences when he gets back. Radio schedule: http://www.mujca.com/airwaves.htm
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From an internet cafe in Calcutta, here it is, shortly before I wear a "911truth.org/demand justice" t-shirt at a rally in front of the U.S. Embassy in Calcutta. Ramsey Clark and Sarah Flounders will take part in the rally and the forum. Here is the paper, needing revision and expansion but good enough for a start. I just want the international representatives to know that we in the States are pursuing justice in this way. See the short paragraph on you. Editing suggestions welcome. I am away until 12/10 but will check email regularly.
The Psychology of Truthtelling: 9/11 Groups in the U.S
William R. Woodward, University of New Hampshire
All India Anti-Imperialism Conference, Calcutta, India, Nov. 27-29, 2007
Many, many cities in the United States have their 9/11 questions group: in my home state, we have them in Concord, Dover, and Manchester, with supporters in Keene, Peterborough, and Milford. Geographical distribution is the first characteristic of 9/11 groups. They attract peace activists, of course, but also credentialed persons from every field. I will not take the time to list the groups, and in fact it would be difficult, because despite every effort to coordinate, they are independent. Start with yahoo groups.
These groups send representatives to conferences where they acquire information and networking. On September 11, 2007, at “Blueprint for Truth” in Oakland, CA, 130 architects & engineers examined the evidence with architect Richard Gage. The West Hartford, CT, conference on November 3, 2007, had the theme “9/11: Family Members, First Responders and Experts Speak Out.” Previous conferences have occurred in Wisconsin, Arizona, and elsewhere.
The most fun networker is Kevin Barrett at the University of Wisconsin, Islamic mythology scholar and founder of the Muslim Jewish Christian Alliance www.mujca.com. Barrett has a radio talk show and a hilarious autobiography.
Meanwhile, 9/11 Blogger is a good place to begin our review of the professions that have contributed to truthtelling about 9/11. This website contains news items and quotations from the following categories: “military leaders, legal scholars, structural engineers, architects, scientists, members of Congress, 9/11 Commissioners, psychiatrists and psychologists, historians, victims’ family members and heroic first responders, prominent liberals, prominent conservatives, Christians, Jews and Muslims, pilots and air traffic controllers.” The psychology here includes multiple professional perspectives, each speaking a different disciplinary voice. Do not be disturbed by the different takes on this disturbing set of events: formulate your own pattern from reading architects, engineers, stock market analysts, air traffic controllers, pilots, etc. The massive, intentional coverup itself points to the perpetrators.
Dan Rather, retired news anchor, stated that "there was a time in South Africa that people would put flaming tires around peoples' necks if they dissented. And in some ways the fear is that you will be necklaced here, you will have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck. Now it is that fear that keeps journalists from asking the toughest of the tough questions.... And again, I am humbled to say, I do not except myself from this criticism. ..What we are talking about here - whether one wants to recognise it or not, or call it by its proper name or not - is a form of self-censorship." An article about how journalists have been threatened for asking innocuous questions about 9/11 disappeared from the web archives of The Los Angeles Times.
Karen Kwiatkowski, the retired Air Force colonel, wrote (2007) that "I have been told by reporters that they will not report their own insights or contrary evaluations of the official 9/11 story, because to question the government story about 9/11 is to question the very foundations of our entire modern belief system regarding our government, our country, and our way of life. To be charged with questioning these foundations is far more serious than being labeled a disgruntled conspiracy nut or anti-government traitor, or even being sidelined or marginalized within an academic, government service, or literary career. To question the official 9/11 story is simply and fundamentally revolutionary. In this way, of course, questioning the official story is also simply and fundamentally American." (Griffin et al, 2007, p. 26). Yet pressures to remain silent come from advertisers and the media, as Dan Rather explained.
When I was interviewed about the CSPAN program, “Alternative Theories of 9/11” in August, 2006, the New Hampshire Sunday News ignored the evidence and literature I cited. Instead, they pressed me for my personal belief, which I said I offer as one among many perspectives: “corporate elites orchestrated 9/11.” Then they gave this quote to the governor, a senator, and a state official. These officials commented that my remarks were out of line (Staff Reports, 2006). Within a week, an organization instigated by Vice President Dick Cheney’s wife Lynn, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), had requested my university’s board of trustees to investigate me (Wilson, 2006). To their credit, my university affirmed that no students had complained about me and that I was in good standing (Tuohy, 2006). This appeared to constitute intimidation by the federal government. I had the sense that my colleagues’ funding could have been jeopardized. So I ceased writing about 9/11 until now.
A weak psychological argument for the government’s official story of 9/11 that 19 Arabs did the deed might be that whistleblowers would have come forward. Patty Casazza, a family member, said she has talked with many whistleblowers who stated that the gagging of Sibel Edmonds, a translator for the government, intimidated them. They asked the Jersey Girls to request the Commission to subpoena the whistleblowers. The Commission agreed, but never subpoenaed or invited them (West Hartford conference).
Let’s briefly consider the psychology of the godfather of the neoconservative Movement, Leo Strauss. Strauss at the University of Chicago wrote that a stable political order should be based on an external threat, and if one does not exist, then one must be manufactured (Drury, 1997). Election fraud brought the neoconservatives to power. They were not popular. They generated popularity and support by resort to a monstrous external threat of a 9/11 attack from Muslim terrorists, a “false flag” terrorist event in which an enemy was falsely blamed for a military action we orchestrated (George Washington’s Blog, 6/1/06).
Truthtelling has various contexts. One is reporting on rape and the delicate therapeutic process of recovering memories and working them through emotionally (Stock, 2007). A related instance of truth telling aims in therapeutic fashion to “provide services for all of those affected by the events of September 11.” A low level of truthtelling would be plans for a memorial museum (http://www.voicesofsept11.org/ dev/index.php), which originated in 2001 as “a clearing house for information.” Unfortunately, such a museum website does not seem to provide the kind of truthtelling that scholars have done. It does post interviews with families who care to share their stories. A similar truthtelling website also collects reminiscences about Flight 93 that went down in Pennsylvania and intends to contribute to a museum.
More relevant to the deeper sense of truthtelling and catharsis of the public pursued here would be the “Truth Telling Coalition,” founded by CIA analyst Ray McGovern in an “Appeal for Truth Telling” in 2004. By 2004, evidence of government shielding of truth was already well documented (http://www.tompaine.com/articles/ appeal_for_truth_telling.php; Ahmed, 2002; Griffin, 2004; Ruppert, 2004). He appealed to government officials to “disclose the truth about the war in Iraq.” The war, of course, is linked to 9/11 as a constantly invoked justification. Among the evidentiary documents, McGovern requested “2) 28 pages redacted from the report of the Joint House-Senate Inquiry on Intelligence Activities before and after 9/11, concerning the ties between the 9/11 terrorists and the government of Saudi Arabia.” McGovern requested the “8) Department of Justice-Inspector General (DOJ-IG) Report: RE: Sybel Edmonds vs. FBI, completed, classified.” He also requested “10) DOJ-IG Report: RE:FBI & Foreknowledge of 9/11, completed, classified.” The government secrets involving Saudi Arabia, translator Sibel Edmonds, and FBI foreknowledge would help to establish whether the government “let it to happen on purpose”(LIHOP) “made it happen on purpose” (MIHOP)(Tarpley, 2005). Since 2004, McGovern established the group, “Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.”
The preeminent website 911Truth.org lists seven articles on “truth strategies.” For example, in 2007 physicist Steven Jones asks “What are the Goals of the 9/11 Truth Community?” (Jan. 9, 2007). He urged promoters of extreme positions (ray beams, mini-nukes, www.st911.org) to desist and to stay with explanations accepted by the physical science community (stj911.org). The goal should be “to bring the perpetrators of the horrific 9/11 crimes to justice.”
In 2006, David Chen earlier appealed to the antiwar movement to seize upon or at least acknowledge the 9/11 truth movement as addressing the chief justification for the war. His lament is “that it is high time for the people in the antiwar movement” to join the search for truth that many of them shun (Aug. 14, 2006). Some believe that “9/11 is a distraction from the larger fight to end the war…” These antiwar voices fail to appreciate that 9/11 was planned in advance as part of a bogus “War on Terror.”
My own favorite truth teller is Professor David Ray Griffin, whose series of books on 9/11 culminated in The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions (2005). He summarized it a year later in an article on the 571 page lie (May 22, 2005) that can be found at the 9/11 truth website (http://www.911truth.org/article.php). Omissions include the fact that at least six of the alleged hijackers have been reported to be still alive, or the fact that Building Seven also went down on September 11. Griffin listed over a hundred lies, in addition to these conspicuous omissions.
Another line of truthtelling comes from the community of prominent persons listed at “Patriots Question 9/11” (http://www.patriotsquestion911.com) They include engineers and architects, pilots and aviation professionals, professors, survivors and family members, entertainment and media professionals. In addition, they include military, intelligence service, law enforcement, and government officials. A recent article on this website comes form the intelligence community: “Seven CIA Veterans challenge 9/11 Commission Report.” They call it a ”joke” and a “coverup.”
Let me end by recommending that each of you sponsor a film fest, spread out over several months, in your local community. Each DVD deserves an evening of discussion. Be sure to invite your friends; you will need a support group for the stunning array of evidence. Here are some titles: “9/11 Press for Truth,” “The Great Conspiracy,” “The Great Deception,” “Improbable Collapse,” “Loose Change-Final Cut,” and “Confronting the Evidence.” Order them online.
When you finish these, you may also want to ask bloggers for DVDs to show the public, such as “Understanding the Psychological Barriers to Accepting 9/11 Truth,” “America: From Freedom to Fascism,” and “Steven Jones PhD at UVSC,” “Boston Tea Party for 9/11 Truth,” Tom Hansen’s folk songs about 9/11, and many more.
Then you can go on to discuss with your friends the weightier books on the subject: start with the most recent, 9/11 and American Empire (2007) and Debunking 9/11 Debunking (2007) then go back to the classics: The War on Freedom (2002), The New Pearl Harbor (2004), Crossing the Rubicon (2004), Synthetic Terror (2005), The Terror Conspiracy (2006), and several more that you can quickly find on Amazon.com.
Enjoy the descent into Hell! Better to go with your eyes open. Find one or more friends to go with you. You will need support to change your belief system about the U.S. of A.
Ahmed, Nafeez (2002). The War on Freedom. Joshua Tree, CA: Tree of Life Publications.
His institute in England: firstname.lastname@example.org
Drury, Shadia (1997). Leo Strauss and the American Right. N.Y. St. Martin’s Press.
Griffin, David Ray (2004). The New Pearl Harbor. Disturbing questions about the Bush administration and 9/11. Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press.
Griffin, David Ray (2005). The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and distortions. Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press.
Griffin, David Ray & Scott, Peter Dale (2007)(eds.). 9/11 and American Empire. Intellectuals Speak Out. Olive Branch Press.
Hicks, Sander (2005). The Big Wedding. 9/11, the whistle-blowers, & the cover-up. Brooklyn: Vox Pop.
Kwiatkowski, Karen (2007). Assessing the official 9/11 conspiracy theory. In Griffin,
Marrs, Jim (2006). The Terror Conspiracy. N.Y.: The Disinformation Company Limited.
Ruppert, Michael (2004). Crossing the Rubicon. The decline of the American empire at the end of the age of oil. Gabriola Island, British Columbia: New Society Publishers.
Staff Reports (2006). Prof’s 9/11 theories outrage NH leaders. New Hampshire Sunday News (unionleader.com), vol. 60, A1, A10-A11. August 27, 2006.
Stock Sue, “March, Rally to Fight Rape.” April 30, 2007. http://www.newsobserver.com/102/story/569053.html Sue Stock, Staff Writer
Tarpley, Webster (2005). Synthetic terror. Made in USA. Joshua Tree, CA: Progressive Press. Tree of Life Books. 3rd ed., 2006.
Tuohy, D. (2006). The world according to Woodward. UNH professor says Sept. 11 theories are left at the class door. Portsmouth Sunday Herald. Oct. 1, 2006, A1, A10.
Wilson, Robin (2006). A not-so-professional watchdog. Chronicle of Higher Education, November 10, 2006, A12-A13. http://chronicle.com/faculty
Confronting the evidence (DVD)9/11 press for truth. The coverup exposed by the 9/11 families (DVD)
The Great Conspiracy. The 9/11 news special you never saw. (DVD)
Improbable collapse. The demolition of our republic. (DVD)
Loose Change, Loose Change II, Loose Change – Final Cut (DVD, 3 successive editions)
www.stj911.com (Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice)
www.st911.org (Scholars for 9/11 Truth)